As a meet official announced her a state champion, Tamara Ovejera stood up from the bench near the shot put circle, turned her back to the official who was just a few feet away and picked up the wrapper from her chocolate chip Clif Bar.
Ovejera broke her own 3A indoor state-meet record with a throw of 42 feet and three inches to win the 3A state title Tuesday, but the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School senior was more concerned with cleaning up her area and moving on.
“Just another one to add my collection,” Ovejera, who's committed to Clemson, said dryly. “It doesn't really mean anything to me.”
In fact, when Ovejera made her top throw on her final attempt, she merely shrugged her shoulders, and it was one of her opponents who reacted most enthusiastically by offering a round of applause.
All five of Ovejera's completed throws (she had a foul) were good enough to win the state title.
If she had any extra motivation Tuesday, it was avenging a second-place finish last spring in the outdoor state meet — her only loss in the shot put during her junior and senior years.
That week, Ovejera had the flu, and the weather at the state meet didn't help.
“It was so hot, I couldn't even breathe,” Ovejera said. “... I knew I could've won if I wasn't sick.”
So, Tuesday's meet proved, as most already knew, she is the class of 3A.
“I just wanted to come back and get it back,” Ovejera said.
Tuscarora hurdler Marcus Foster, on the other hand, was extremely excited to win his first state title.
Entering the day, he envisioned running a victory lap around the track if he won, but after his race, he fell back into old habits.
Foster typically doesn't react much after an event, win or lose. He'll exchange a few well wishes and head on his way. So, even though he thought he'd won Tuesday, Foster wandered into a throng of spectators before the result was post on the scoreboard.
When his 55-meter hurdles time (7.66 seconds) hit the display, Foster heard a loud yell from brother standing on the other side of the finish area. Once Foster looked up to see what all the commotion was about, he raised his arms and began jumping up and down in the crowd before reaching his brother. Together, they hugged and jumped even more.
“He's more happy for me than I'm happy for myself,” Foster said. “Because he was wild. He just went crazy.”
After finishing fourth at the Frederick County meet — behind 2A competitors Emma King (Oakdale), Erin Smith (Middletown) and Jackie McNulty (Oakdale) — Linganore's Tess Johnson won the pole vault by besting her seed height (8-6) and clearing nine feet.